World Bulletin / News Desk
“We call on the South African government to condemn the Israeli intimidation of a fellow African Union member and extend support to the Senegalese government and people,” the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) said in a statement late on Monday.
Senegal was one of four co-sponsors of a resolution passed Friday by the UNSC condemning Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank as illegal.
The Palestinian support group said although Israel did not receive support from any UNSC member, it responded in typical bullying style, reserving its greatest anger for Senegal.
Fourteen out of the 15 states in the UNSC voted to condemn Israeli settlements but the United States abstained.
The PSC said Israel has a number of agricultural and other projects in Senegal which will be affected by its decision.
“It is clear, and the global Palestine solidarity movement has emphasized for decades, that Israel’s ‘aid’ to African states is not philanthropic but is a matter of opportunistic leverage,” the group claimed.
The activists also alleged a recent visit by Israel’s prime minister to some East African countries was meant to woo their support for Israel to obtain observer status at the African Union and buy their support at the UN.
“As the case of Senegal indicates, the purpose of this ‘aid’ is to muscle recipient states to support Israel in whatever ways it wishes,” the PSC said.